The internet has been buzzing all day with frustration after Olympian Sha’Carri Richardson was suspended for a month after a positive marijuana test. She won’t be able to participate in her event but might be able to participate in the relay.
While many stars reacted to the suspension, nobody had a better response to it than Charlotte Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball.
Richardson told “Today” host Savannah Guthrie that she used the drug after a reporter confronted her with news of her birth mother’s death, but said she wasn’t looking for sympathy.
“I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do, what I’m allowed not to do. And I still made that decision,” Richardson said Friday morning.
“It was definitely triggering and blinding,” she said. “I know I can’t hide myself, so in some type of way, I was trying to hide my pain.”
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Richardson’s suspension.
“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement.
Richardson had originally secured her spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by running the women’s 100-meter dash in just 10.86 seconds.